Help sought for Meadow Creation

New HGN member Martin Snell has submitted an appeal to the weekly newsletter. He writes:

“Many years ago I was fortunate enough to live and work in the beautiful parish of Craswall and fell deeply in love with the natural environment and character of the area. – I have always dreamed of returning to build a new life there.

I have long harboured a dream to create a business built around an environmental asset – a traditional wildflower meadow. The meadow will be managed for wildlife with no real commercial aspirations and will hopefully become a small but valuable part of the existing environmental matrix. The broad outline of my business plan is to convert a low grade pasture – hopefully around 3-5 acres – into traditional English wildflower meadow with a commercial venture, a small glamping site situated around the fringes to make the meadow financially self sustaining – subject, obviously, to the usual planning consents.

My problem is the very high cost of land in the area – I currently have some finance in place although possibly not enough to achieve my goal. I have been advised that a sale through private arrangement may offer a more affordable option for acquiring a suitable piece of land for my project but, sadly, the farmers and land owners that I knew when I resided in the County have all retired or passed away. I am reaching out in the hope that someone in the network might be able to introduce me to anyone who might be prepared and capable of helping me to achieve my dream both in terms of the acquisition of the land and the establishment of the meadow itself.”

If anyone is able to help Martin with his plans, please contact to be put in touch with Martin.

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